A union organizing campaign was underway at a company that makes parts used by auto manufacturers. A
A union organizing campaign was underway at a company that makes parts used by auto manufacturers. A high company official held monthly meetings with workers. Statements made during these meetings included “If we got [a] Union into the plant [auto makers] wouldn’t probably do business with us and we wouldn’t have jobs”; “If Honda or Toyota or any other customer became concerned about reliability of DTR’s production flow, . . . those customers would look for other sources”; “We had a sole supplier deal going with some of our customers where we were the only company that made particular parts for them. If the UAW was to get into DTR we would lose that sole supplier status because the companies would no longer feel confident with us being their only supplier because the UAW would make us more unreliable”; “Competition from other companies would result in layoffs”; and “DTR had never laid anyone off in the time that they’d been a company, but if the UAW came there that that policy would have to change.” Did this employer violate the NLRA by unlawfully threatening its employees?
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